'Project Runway': Kenneth Barlis who started career at 17, dresses Kehlani, Offset now
'Project Runway' is an American reality TV series, focused on fashion designing. The series involves contestants competing with each other to create the best clothes, but there's a catch! They are restricted by time, materials, and theme. What's more, their designs are then judged by a panel, and one or more designers are eliminated from the show every week. While the finalists get a chance to showcase their creations at the New York Fashion Week (NYFW), the number 1 winner takes home a whopping $250,000 cash prize!
FIDM Alumnus Kenneth Barlis will be one of 16 new and lucky designers from around the globe, who will be competing to win the grand prize, along with the opportunity to debut an original collection at New York Fashion Week on Season 19 of the show. After 18 golden years of successful runs, the award-winning fashion design series, 'Project Runway' is back with yet another promising season.
Who is Kenneth Barlis?
Kenneth Barlis hails from Zamboanga in the Philippines and is based out of San Diego, California, where he established his brand in 2012. Ever since then, he’s dressed celebrities such as Carrie Underwood, Kehlani, and Offset and participated in San Diego Fashion Week. Some of his work can also be seen in music videos for Janet Jackson and Cardi B as well as at events like the Golden Globe Awards. “Every collection, every season is different but I think the common thing for me is going back to being whimsical and very fairytale-like,” he told the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Name Drop San Diego podcast. “I’m a very hopeless romantic", he added.
As many as 16 fashion designers will compete for a chance to be part of New York Fashion Week and win $250,000 worth of sponsorships. One of the designers to definitely be on the lookout for this season is Kenneth Barlis, founder of "KB School of Fashion".
Barlis is a lucky fashion designer, who knew this is what he was meant to be, at the age of 17! He started his own design studio, with his name, nine years ago, when he was still in his early twenties. His language in fashion is clean, modern, bold, and highly sophisticated.
The now 32-year-old is also the latest in a long line of FIDM-trained competitors such as Fashion Design co-chairperson Nick Verreos, past winner Leanne Marshall, and finalists Sergio Guadarrama and Candice Cuoco, to name a few.
'Project Runway' Season 19 will air new episodes from Thursday, October 14, at 9 pm ET, on Bravo. Viewers can also watch the latest episodes on Peacock TV, the next day.